Looking for some easy ways to use up leftover cooked rice?

Here are 30+ quick, easy & delicious recipes for leftover cooked white rice.


So you made a big pot of rice, and now you have leftovers. What can you do with them?

It’s a common problem-you make too much rice and now you’re stuck with leftovers. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are over 30 easy recipes for leftover cooked white rice that will help you use it up in no time!

From stir-fries to casseroles to breakfast bowls, these recipes will help you turn your leftovers into something delicious while using simple ingredients. So stop stressing about what to do with that extra rice and check out these delicious leftover rice recipes


31 Recipes For Leftover Cooked White Rice

Here’s a list of the best leftover cooked rice recipes that your whole family will love. So try one of these easy leftover rice recipes and never let any cooked white rice go to waste again!


1. Cheesy Zucchini Rice Casserole

Want to include some more veggies into your diet while also using up leftover cooked rice? Try this creamy casserole recipe!
It’s a tasty way to turn your garden abundance and leftover rice into an easy side or a main dish. 


Recipe: Cupcakes & Kale Chips


2. Chicken and Rice Soup

This soup has tender vegetables, juicy chicken, and white (or brown) rice. It is a simple, comforting soup recipe that the whole family will love.


Recipe: The Forked Spoon


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3. Tex-Mex Chicken Rice Soup

If you want a delicious, easy-to-make soup that is full of flavor, this Tex-Mex chicken and rice soup is perfect for you. It contains tender chicken, rice, onions, garlic, tomatoes, corn, black beans, cheese, cilantro, and just the right amount of seasonings.


Recipe: The Wooden Spoon Effect


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4. Ground Beef Stuffed Peppers

Bell peppers stuffed with ground beef as the main ingredient as well as some white jasmine rice and tasty cheddar cheese.


Recipe: Salt & Lavender


5. Korean Rice Balls

Korean rice balls are made with sticky short-grain rice that’s rolled into balls and covered with seaweed. 


Recipe: Drive Me Hungry


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6. Sushi Bake Cups

Try these TikTok viral baked sushi cups made with imitation crabs or tuna, shrimp, or salmon. These bite-sized sushi muffins are so easy to make and always come out delicious and perfect for lunch, dinner, or even an appetizer for a party! 


Recipe: Ohclary



7. Spam Musubi

This delicious Hawaiian dish is made with spam, leftover rice, and seaweed. It’s the perfect combination of sweet and salty and great as a lunch dish.


Recipe: Drive Me Hungry



8. Turkey Burrito Bowls

Try this healthier alternative to a burrito in a bowl. This burrito bowl recipe is filled with all the flavors of a burrito but without tortilla wrap. It’s a great way to use up leftover brown rice.


Recipe: My Bueno Cookbook


9. Fajita Rice and Beans

This one-pot vegetarian fajita rice and beans is the perfect TexMex-style dinner! It’s also amazing as a side or you can dress it up with chicken, veggies & more cheeses for an even greater meal experience.

This dish has so many different tastes that will appeal to everyone in your household – even those who don’t usually enjoy Mexican food.


Recipe: Sweet Simple Masala


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10. Stuffed Pepper Casserole

This recipe for oven-baked Stuffed Pepper Casserole is sure to be a family hit. It is a lazy version of undone stuffed peppers, which is easy to assemble and delicious to eat. Made with cooked rice, bell peppers, and sausage.


Recipe: Simply Scrumptious


11. Stuffed Pepper Soup

A delicious soup recipe that uses bell peppers, ground sausage, beef broth, and fire-roasted tomatoes as well as some white rice. 


Recipe: Chef Savvy



12. Hawaiian Shrimp Poke Bowl

This dish has tender cooked shrimp, sweet fresh pineapple, crunchy veggies, creamy avocado, and a spicy mayo sauce. It’s a perfect lunch or dinner for all sushi fans!


Recipe: Wholly Tasteful


13. Stuffed Butternut Squash

If you like roasted butternut squash, you will love this vegan stuffed butternut squash served with a vibrant parsley chimichurri. The stuffing is made from rice, walnuts, and veggies and tastes similar to a roast turkey but without the meat.


Recipe: Cooking With Elo


14. Leftover Rice Balls

Skillet fried rice balls are a great way to use up leftover white rice. They’re delicious and perfect as an appetizer or snack. You can shallow fry them in a pan so no deep frying is required.


Recipe: Viral Recipes


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15. Shrimp and Cabbage Salad

You may not have thought that a bowl of crunchy, sweet shrimp would go great with your favorite green veggies but trust me – this is one tasty dish! The perfect combo for an all-in meal.


Recipe: Healthy Taste of Life



16. Asparagus, Rice and Pea Salad

It’s time to welcome in the new season with a fresh, tangy salad that just screams spring! The mix of roasted asparagus and crunchy celery is paired beautifully with sweet peas and cooked rice.


Recipe: Sumptuous Spoonfuls


17. Jumeokbap

Jumeokbap is a signature dish of Korea, where it’s enjoyed as an affordable and quick lunch or dinner. It consists mainly of rice balls stuffed with juicy beef bulgogi that’s great for the whole family!


Recipe: Balance With Jess


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Best Leftover Fried Rice Recipes:

Fried rice is perhaps the most perfect way to avoid food waste when you have too much leftover rice. But the best part about fried rice is that there are so many different delicious recipes to try! Here are some great recipe ideas for using up leftover cold rice.


18. Basic Fried Rice

This basic fried rice recipe is quick, simple, and convenient to make as a side dish or a main meal on a busy weeknight.


Recipe: Bitz n Giggles


19. 15-Min Teriyaki Ham Stir Fry

If you have some leftover ham as well as leftover rice and some of your favorite veggies, then you should try this 15-minute stir fry recipe!


Recipe: Feast For a Fraction


20. Pork Fried Rice

This pork fried rice is that’s made with Chinese BBQ pork is quick, simple and always a hit!


Recipe: Butter Your Biscuit


21. Steak Fried Rice

Juicy pieces of beef, veggies, spring onions, and leftover jasmine rice are all you need to make this tasty fried rice.


Recipe: Joyous Apron



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22. Ketchup Fried Rice

I love this twist on fried rice that adds some ketchup to it! 


Recipe: Ketchup Fried Rice


23. Ham Fried Rice


Recipe: From Valeries Kitchen


24. Indian Style Fried Rice

This fried rice recipe uses Indian spices, black pepper, cilantro, fresh ginger, and leftover basmati rice to create this unique flavor-filled dish.

indian fried rice

Recipe: Sweet Simple Masala


25. Instant Pot Shrimp Fried Rice

Shrimp and rice just go together so well and this 10-minute Instant pot shrimp fried rice recipe proves that perfectly.


Recipe: Corrie Cooks


26. Chicken Fried Rice

Skip the takeout and try this restaurant-style fried rice with chicken and green onions instead!


Recipe: Persnickety Plates


27. Vegan Fried Rice


Recipe: Vegan Huggs


28. Easy Tom Yum Fried Rice

Fiery fried rice that’s spicy, and delicious.


Recipe: My Plantiful Cooking


29. Kimchi Fried Rice

30-minute kimchi fried rice with spam is a tasty Japanese dish that’s perfect for serving with a perfectly cooked fried egg on top.


Recipe: Pups With Chopsticks


30. Spicy Egg Fried Rice


Recipe: Cooking Gorgeous


31. Super Easy 4-Ingredient Fried Rice

All you need is 3 cups of leftover rice, 1 cup of frozen vegetable of your choice (I like to use peas or carrots), 2 tbsp of oil, 2 large eggs, and 2 tbsp of soy sauce.

Heat up a frying pan over medium heat, scramble the eggs, and set them aside on a plate.

The heat up the oil in a pan over medium-high heat and cook the frozen vegetables for 2-3 minutes, add rice and soy sauce and cook for 5 minutes. Then take the pan off the heat and add scrambled eggs and serve immediately.


32. Leftover Rice Casserole

This leftover rice casserole is perfect for using up that rice that’s been sitting in the fridge. It’s creamy, cheesy, and so delicious!


Recipe: Simple Living Recipes


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31 Easy Recipes For Leftover Cooked White Rice

Looking for some easy ways to use up leftover cooked rice? Here are 30+ quick, easy & delicious recipes for leftover cooked white rice.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes


  • 3 cups of cooked white rice
  • 1 cup of your favorite frozen vegetables
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil (or any oil you like)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce


  1. Heat up a frying pan over medium heat with a small amount of oil (1 tsp), scramble the eggs, and set them aside in a bowl or plate once cooked.
  2. Heat the pan back up to medium-high, add the rest of the olive oil, cook the frozen vegetables for 2-3 minutes, add rice and soy sauce and cook for 5 more minutes.
  3. Take off the heat, add the scrambled eggs and serve.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 283Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 93mgSodium: 492mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 3gSugar: 2gProtein: 8g


And there you have it!

31 leftover cooked rice recipes to choose from that are all a great way of using up the previously cooked rice.

Do you have a favorite way how to spice up already cooked white rice?

Let me know in the comments below!